Negative Effects Of The Negative Media

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The Negative Media “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses” (X). The Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press clauses in the First Amendment of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights protects citizens’ rights to obtain and publish information and their opinions. This is done without any government censorship or fear of punishment. Censorship is when the government examines publication and prohibits offensive material from being published and distributed (“Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press”). This freedom applies to all types of printed, electronic, and broadcasted material in the…show more content…
According to Gottfried and Shearer, “A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often...Two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get news on the site, nearly six-in-ten Twitter users (59%) get news on Twitter, and seven-in-ten Reddit users get news on that platform” (Gottfried and Shearer). The vast majority of adults receive their media updates on unreliable social media interfaces. Social media platforms are unreliable because they allow for the creation of fake accounts. Accounts are set-up utilizing similarities in logos and names for the sole purpose of disseminating fake stories and news. Fake news is more present in today’s society due to the frequent use of social media platforms as a quick source of current events. This increased use of online sites for information allows for an escalation in misinformation as a result of the establishment of fake news websites resulting in a negative effect on society. While fake news is a growing issue in media and the freedom of the press, discrimination is a topic that has always bore a negative effect on society. Discrimination is prevalent in every type of media interface. Cambridge Dictionary defines discrimination as “the treatment of a person or particular group of people differently, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated” (“Discrimination”). Discrimination can be by race, age, or gender. All are equally prevalent

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